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Remember the Merzbow limited edition of one CD, which came "packaged" in the CD player of a Mercedes-Benz car, which was included?

Austere and I have discussed doing an ultra-limited release of zero copies.  We'd think about the music, map it all out in our heads, then never record it.  We never got around to doing it, which means, I guess, that we DID do it.  If you don't want a copy, paypal me $9.99.   ;D

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Cloud Atlas
« on: November 29, 2012, 09:42:39 AM »
Our local NPR movie reviewers all liked it, but they said its reach far exceeds its grasp.  Just enjoy the flow, and don't try to make sense of it.  It sounds like "The Fountain" for Dummies.


Around our house, it was The Pogues, Skinny Puppy, The Feelies, Big Black, Killdozer.

Then, in a thrift store, I found a cheesy, beat-up album called Cycle Psychos by the Scramblers.  It cost me a quarter; I think we listened to it ten times a day until it finally got so scratchy it wouldn't play anymore.  Really cheesy, early 60's rockabilly with hilariously bad lyrics about motorcycles, helmets, race tracks:  so so good.

Me, jokingly, to stranger leaning on bar, dressed in jeans and a t-shirt:  "So, what are you supposed to be?"
Him, totally deadpan:  "A serial killer.  We look just like everybody else."

 ;D :o

Everything and Nothing / Re: Speed of light ?
« on: October 16, 2012, 07:27:17 AM »
 ;D  So, he's younger now than when he jumped?   ;)  Gotta say, that guy's got some serious balls.

On a light-related note, check this out:

Watch the first film clip; absolutely amazing.

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now watching...
« on: October 16, 2012, 07:23:21 AM »
We watched "In Bruges" last night; good stuff.  Starts out as a mellow little sleeper of a film, then gets more and more intense.  Collin Ferrel is excellent, as is Ralph Fiennes.  Recommended. 

Saturday we were bored, so we went to see "Taken 2".  Mindless action flick; not bad, but we were laughing through much of it, pointing out the absurdity of just about every decision the characters made.  You know how some movies stick with you long after you've seen them?  Well, this one left my brain the minute the credits rolled.

Here's a track from the late 90's; I was waaay into Skullflower at the time.  I have hours and hours of stuff in this vein; overdriven guitars, feedback, slow plodding rhythms buried low in the mix: psychedelic improvised noise rock.  The polar opposite of SunDummy stuff. 

This track starts off meandering along aimlessly; then a rhythm kicks in, and it takes off...

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Exotica / Lounge / Tiki Classics
« on: August 28, 2012, 10:57:25 AM »

Pretty cool collections based on various themes, and a great place to sample tons of artists to see what you like.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Ride and Stone Roses
« on: June 19, 2012, 02:01:32 PM »
Love love LOVE Ride; they get a lot of play around my house.  But I always laugh when, after establishing a great mood and tone (rocking, hooky greatness), "Deep Inside My Pocket" comes on - I still can't tell if that song is a joke or if they're really serious.   ;D ???

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Downside of Software
« on: June 14, 2012, 12:50:37 PM »
Aren't there "virtual OS" programs that let you use old software on new machines?

I haven't seen it yet, but I found this interesting; this guy might be reading way, waaaaaaayy between the lines, but food for thought either way...

He was one of the greats; a true master of nostalgia and wonder.  I voraciously read everything he published; he added a layer of humanity to old SF, in a way that Azimov or Clarke couldn't match.  Sad to see him go.

"You must live life at the top of your voice! At the top of your lungs shout and listen to the echoes."

"If we listened to our intellect, we'd never have a love affair. We'd never have a friendship. We'd never go into business, because we'd be cynical. Well, that's nonsense. You've got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down." ~

RIP, good sir.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Male menopause
« on: May 23, 2012, 12:36:15 PM »
46 here, and man, do I feel your pain.  I get into a serious funk if I don't exercise regularly.  Eating well and getting sleep helps somewhat, but I really notice the difference when I push my body hard, like 50-mile+ bike rides.  I'm not a fan of taking hormones (or any drugs for that matter); so many problems can be solved by using your body the way it's meant to be used:  active as hell.  If there are still problems, then I'd look at supplements, but only after I've tried a healthy diet and physical exertion. 

Cutting out (or at least lessening) alcohol helps a great deal too.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: SoundExchange ?
« on: February 17, 2012, 02:05:03 PM »
I was curious, so I called to see if I had any royalties coming my way.  Turns out they owe me $9.61.   :o ;D

My advice is to unplug the whole lot and go play outside.   ;D ;)

I'm a total sucker for that sound...  nice, very nice.  More please?

BTW, I'm enjoying "Euterpe" as I type this...  nice and minimal, very clear and up-front, with the usual Austere surrealness thrown in...  gonna give this a few spins today to let it soak in.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Recent music purchases
« on: November 14, 2011, 08:54:44 AM »
Magma – Concert 1976 - Opéra De Reims 3xCD

So how is this?  I've been meaning to check out more Magma for years now; where's a good place to start?

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: CDs, bye-bye
« on: November 09, 2011, 10:25:37 AM »
I suspect that the packaging for ipods, etc. (and the materials to make them) is not greater than the materials for cds, LPs, etc. but I could be wrong.

There is no contest between, say, a CD digipack in a light wrap vs. virtually any hard plastic encased, plastic insert nestled iPod. Even the little ear buds are way overdone in terms of packaging. Then there's the retail floorspace now dedicated to the marketing of such things.

Now, as CD/DVD sales move online, more packaging is required and more transportation infrastructure and energy is used in the music retail industry equivalent of the single occupancy vehicle multiple trip model!

True; but I have one ipod, and thousands of CDs.  Hell, just weight them:  one fully packaged ipod vs. thousands of fully packaged CDs.  Of course, I have to account for the PC too; but that's offset by the CD deck, and I have the PC for other purposes too.  Is downloading perfectly green?  Hell no, but I do think it's greener than shipping/making CDs, LPs, etc.  Manufacturing, shipping, and displaying a CD + me driving to the store to get it, vs. a download:  seems clear.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Serious listening?
« on: November 08, 2011, 03:14:51 PM »
I rarely use shuffle; I like the flow of a whole album.  I do find that my attention span is getting shorter, though; while I used to be able to just stare at the wall and really listen, I now get antsy and need other distractions, like reading or the web or whatever.  Kinda sad, I guess, or maybe I was just really freakin' lazy but I thought I was being "deep" by just staring at the wall.

I used to think that ambient music lent itself very well to deep listening, but I'm finding more and more that it can all too easily become wallpaper if I don't really concentrate.  Which I do less and less.

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